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Harpist Vonda Darr will open the 2014 spring Presbyterian College Performance Series.

Resolutions are internationally as much a part of the New Year celebrations as fireworks and songs. For many, they are a new beginning, for others, a retry to do better.  Some are practical, some impossible. Some are achieved, others never could be. All look with hope to times to come.

The city garbage pick-up schedule will change this week due to the New Year's holiday. Garbage will be not be collected on Wednesday. Wednesday collection will be moved to Thursday. Thursday collection will be moved to Friday, and Friday collection will be moved to Saturday.

Shooting fireworks for New Years continues to be a longstanding tradition. Local authorities are urging those shooting this year to use extreme caution.

All county police agencies are increasing patrols in an effort to keep residents safe over the New Year’s holiday.


“We Appreciate Our Customers! Join Us” reads the sign in front of Gilder & Weeks pharmacy in Joanna. This sentiment is shared by all of the independent pharmacies in Laurens County.

Two juveniles were involved in a shooting on Sunday night, leaving a 12-year-old girl dead.

The Mt. Olive community held their annual Christmas parade on Saturday. The parade was scheduled before Christmas but due to inclement weather over the past two weeks, the parade was moved and now also celebrated New Years this year.

The collective efforts of Presbyterian College and Laurens County community volunteers continue to enrich young people. In recent weeks, the students from area middle and high schools reversed their receiving roles and volunteered at multiple sites.

Hickory Tavern Middle School’s Platinum Panthers, the team competing in the First Lego League, has qualified for the state competition in Columbia on February 15. They were one of the top teams at the December 14 competition at Wade Hampton High School.